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In this competition, brave souls stand before an audience and present timed talks on a set of never-before-seen slides. Contestants are expected to weave their comments around the projected images, and string the talk on a theme announced on the spot. Impromptu nonsense is guaranteed, and you’ll be amazed, and amused, by the creativity of contestants.

Entering the Competition

10 contestant positions are open on a first-come, first-served basis (Rule #1 below). A 10th contestant will be drawn from the combined pool of folks who didn’t make it in the first 9 names and everyone who registers at the event. If anyone in the initial 10 doesn’t show up, additional names will be drawn from the same pool to determine replacement speakers.


Registration information coming soon. Nine contestant positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; remaining entries will be printed and combined with entries submitted at the event for a random drawing for the coveted 10th “wildcard” position.

At the event, contestants will wait outside the room until called. The organizers will call them in random order. Contestants may remain in the room after speaking.

Each contestant will speak for up to 4 minutes on 10 slides provided by the contest organizers. The slides will be pre-loaded. No contestant may view the slides in advance of speaking. Each contestant will control the movement of slides for his/her presentation. All contestants must stop speaking when time is called at 4 minutes.

An illustrious panel of 3 judges and a timekeeper will score each presentation on smooth delivery, number of slides used, and time used. The judges will determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place among all contestants. The decisions of the judges will be final.

Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners.

By participating in this event, winners agree to allow their names and images to be used in TLA publications to acknowledge their victories and publicize future events. The TLA Battledecks programs are coordinated by the TALL Texans Round Table and the New Members Round Table.

Thank you to the Battledecks sponsor:

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Collaboration Space

Have you identified a hot topic, innovative concept, or knowledgeable individual that will prompt great group discussions?

Send us your proposal  to host a 60 minute facilitated small group discussion about topics relevant to libraries or librarians.The deadline to submit your proposal is December 15, 2019. If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified by February 15, 2020.

Submit proposal

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Contributed Papers

Contributed Paper sessions provide a forum for TLA members to present their current research.  There will be eight presentation slots available at the TLA Annual Conference. Academic librarians, especially those needing to publish are encouraged to submit their paper abstracts for consideration. Presented research will be published in a special digital-only issue of the Texas Library Journal the summer following the Annual Conference.

Please submit a 200-word (maximum) abstract by December 15, 2019 via email to Tine Walczyk. Abstracts will be reviewed, and up to eight will be chosen for presentation at the TLA Annual Conference. If your proposal is accepted for presentation, you must register for the conference where you will give a 15-20 minute presentation based on your abstract.

Final papers are due by February 15, 2020.For more information, contact Tine Walczyk.

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Great Ideas Lightning Talks & Posters

Have you been doing something unique and innovative in your library? Perhaps you have a project that is ready to meet the world of Texas libraries?

Lighting Talks are 5-minute sessions meant to share great ideas with rapid-delivery style.

Share your mini-session in the format of a Pop-Up. Pop-Ups are 20-minute events that engage smaller audiences and feature new or innovative ideas.

Set up a poster or interactive display –

Conference registration is not required for participation in this one event only.

We will request an electronic file of each poster submission closer to the conference date.

All posters must be freestanding; no poster backing will be provided.

Laptops and tablets are welcome, but no electricity will be provided.

The Poster Session will not be judged.

Proposals will be evaluated based on clarity and originality, and relevance to the 2020 conference theme and programming goals listed below; or let us know if you have something totally outside of the box. We are seeking diverse content & presenters – join us!

Submissions for the 2020 conference are due by December 15, 2019.

Conference Theme: A Vision for All Texans

–      Diversity & Inclusion

–      Marketing & Advocacy

–      Future of Libraries

If you have any additional questions, please contact Daisy Ngo.

Submission link

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Innovation Lab

This unique, interactive space in the Exhibit Hall features an array of STEAM-focused events including educational sessions, demonstrations, and STEM mobile vehicles. Be sure to visit the many exhibitors who support STEAM.

The Innovation Lab is seeking programs that highlight examples of innovation in your library! Whether you have a Maker Space, a STEM/STEAM education program, or other initiatives aimed at incubating innovative thought, we want to hear from you! Sign up for a program that shares your ideas and experiences and successes or failures. Individuals or groups of folks are encouraged to present what they have learned OR demonstrate what they have made in small or large group settings.

Check back soon for deadline and proposal submission information.

Thank you to our sponsors

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